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Whether you are ready to adopt a child from an agency, or want to adopt a stepchild, adoption can be a complex and confusing process. Adoption laws differ from state to state. Fred Page has helped families in Las Vegas navigate the adoption process and can help you at whatever stage of the process in which you find yourself.
Whether you are adopting a family member, a newborn, a special needs child, a young child or a teen, it is important to plan and organize your case to speed the process along and avoid problems and delays that are hard on you and your family.
In Nevada, both biological parents must sign a consent to the adoption and their consent is irrevocable. The exception is in the case the court has terminated parental rights of one or both parents. In addition, if the adoptee is a child over the age of 14, he or she must also consent to the adoption. In the adoption of a newborn, written consent from the biological mother must wait for at least 72 hours after birth.
In Nevada, an adult who is at least ten years older than the child may adopt. If the person seeking to adopt is married, both spouses must agree to the adoption. The adopting parties must have resided in Nevada for at least six months prior to filing for adoption. A Petition for Adoption must be filed with the court for approval.
After the filing of the Petition, unless the adoptee is related by blood to the third degree of consanguinity, a Child Welfare Agency will carry out an investigation and report on:
Adoption can be a complex process. For more information, download this useful guide to Adoption in Nevada.
Early and careful planning will help to make the process move more quickly and reduce the stress of mistakes and delays. Let Fred Page Law help you navigate the process for a happy start to your new family life.